DFAT intervenes for parents-to-be with Thai surrogates

THERE may be some relief today for more than 100 Australian couples having babies with surrogate mothers in Thailand.

A contingent led by Peter Varghese, the permanent secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, yesterday started talks with Thai officials to ease the way for Australians already engaged in surrogacy programs there.

Thailand has started to clamp down on commercial surrogacy after the tragic story of baby Gammy came to light and recent law changes could mean that the thousands of people from around the world who use Thai surrogates could lose their babies.

Mr Varghese is uncertain as to the fate of the Australian couples who have already started the process but is optimistic, saying the Thai government seems receptive to talks.